Darwin’s discoveries in the Galapagos had a profound impact on the way we understand the world. From Ecuador’s northern highlands to a yacht cruise among these notable islands—adventure, culture, wildlife, and discovery awaits you.

Ecuador welcomes with Spanish colonial architecture, though chances are you’re here for the wildlife. Get in a snorkel with green sea turtles or a guided amble past blue-footed boobies, flamingos, penguins, and iguanas. Darwin’s famed giant tortoises watch over their natural habitat reminding you that this is an ancient world—for you to explore.

Highlights


• UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galapagos Islands

• One night pre-cruise hotel stay at the riverfront Wyndham Guayaquil

• Six-night Galapagos cruise aboard La Pinta

• Set foot on seven islands and islets

• Charles Darwin Research Center

• Nesting birds and wildlife in their natural habitat

• View marine life by snorkel, panga, and glass-bottom boat

• Certified guides escort small groups of 12

• Roundtrip air between Guayaquil and Galapagos

• Alcoholic beverages on La Pinta

Welcome to Ecuador! Begin your journey in this port city known as the gateway to the Pacific. Your first stop is Wyndham Guayaquil, voted the #1 Hotel in Guayaquil on TripAdvisor and where you’ll stay the night. This dazzling riverside hotel is a short walk to the vibrant Malecon 2000 boardwalk as well as historic Santa Ana Hill and its famous lighthouse. Explore the city sights on your own, relax at the rooftop pool, and get a good night’s rest before your adventure.
Up and at ‘em. Get an early start and travel to the legendary Galapagos Islands—UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Guayaquil, fly to Isla Baltra where your captain and crew welcome you aboard Yacht La Pinta. As Charles Darwin certainly was in 1835, you’ll be awed by the unique beauty of the islands as you take your first exploratory steps on Isla Seymour Norte—home to Blue-footed boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds. Formed by volcanic uplift, the small island of scruffy vegetation is ideal nesting terrain. Get an up-close view of these birds’ quirky characteristics by hike and panga ride.
Explore Punta Vicente Roca, a marine site of impressive geological formations, by panga—your guide helps with decoding the visible clues of the islands’ fiery beginnings. Beyond the geology, spy winged residents including Blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants. The wildly rocky coast with a partially sunken cave provides phenomenal conditions for a menagerie of fish and green sea turtles. If conditions allow, don your mask, fins, and snorkel and dive in for a close-up view! Later, stretch your legs on a guided walk experiencing one of the most pristine islands in the Galapagos, Isla Fernandina. The island’s active volcano erupted as recently as 2009. Thousands of bright land iguanas reside here, and it’s also a favorite haunt of Galapagos penguins.
Large in landmass and young at 1 million years old, Isla Isabela supports abundant wildlife and sea life. An Urbina Bay shore walk reveals large, colorful land iguanas and perhaps giant tortoises. Crossing from Urbina Bay to Tagus Cove, scan the water for whales and dolphins that frequent Bolivar Channel from one of La Pinta’s spacious decks. At Tagus Cove—an otherworldly landscape of eroded tuff cones—there’s a chance to snorkel, kayak, or ride a panga before hiking the backside of Darwin Crater to a saltwater lake. There’ll be excellent opportunities for viewing penguins, Galapagos Hawks, cormorants, petrified rain (bits of lava that cooled quickly after contacting water), and old signatures from pirates and whalers etched into the rock.
Isla Rabida’s unusual red beach is a favorite sunbathing spot for sea lions and marine iguanas. Go eye-to-eye with Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Yellow Warblers, several species of Darwin’s Finches, and pelicans. The warm maroon-colored beach also makes a great jumping in spot for from-the-beach snorkeling. Or keep your eyes above the waterline, inspecting marine life from the glass-bottom boat. You’ll have a birds-eye view from Isla Santa Cruz hiking Cerro Dragon—or, Dragon Hill—and enjoy a well-earned panorama of the western islands, the bay below you, and possibly even lounging land iguanas.
Today, it’s all about the magnificent giant tortoise. Touring the Charles Darwin Research Station, you’ll witness the exceptional conservation program where baby tortoises, “galápaguitos,” are reared in protective captivity until they are old enough to safely repatriate back to their native areas. Embrace Galápagos conservation by learning about threats that still endanger this fragile ecosystem. Bring your passport along if you’d like a special Galápagos stamp. Time permitting, stroll through town as you please. After lunch at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel, explore the misty, forested highlands and see the lumbering tortoises in their natural habitat.
Your day is chock-full of adventure, with opportunities to snorkel, hike, kayak, skiff, ride the glass-bottom boat, or simply relax on the beach. Send a note home from Post Office Bay, dropping your postcard in Isla Floreana’s famous, historic barrel mailbox. A hike at Baroness Viewpoint provides the perfect vantage for a photo-op. Then take in the island’s geologic history with a panga ride or kayak investigation of its maze of volcanic channels. A tale of two beaches, walk along the green olivine beach of Punta Cormorant to a brackish lagoon known to be a flamingo hideout, then on to a white-sand beach where green sea turtles come ashore to nest.
Your adventure of a lifetime aboard La Pinta concludes back on Isla Baltra. From here, transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil—where you’ll a wait your connecting flight home, or if you’ve opted for our Machu Picchu extension, continue on to Quito, Ecuador for your flight to Lima, Peru.
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order days may occur to maximize your experience.

Captain

$8,795 USD pp
Captain
301-320 Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Admiral

$9,245 USD pp
Admiral
321-324 Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Captain

$8,795 USD pp
Captain
301-320 Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Admiral

$9,245 USD pp
Admiral
321-324 Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Captain

$8,795 USD pp
Captain
301-320 Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Admiral

$9,245 USD pp
Admiral
321-324 Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin

$9,195 USD pp
Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 20 Luxury Cabins (Twin/Doubles). All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin

$9,745 USD pp
Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 4 Luxury Plus Cabins (Triples) . All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin

$9,195 USD pp
Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 20 Luxury Cabins (Twin/Doubles). All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin

$9,745 USD pp
Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 4 Luxury Plus Cabins (Triples) . All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin

$9,195 USD pp
Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 20 Luxury Cabins (Twin/Doubles). All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin

$9,745 USD pp
Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 4 Luxury Plus Cabins (Triples) . All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin

$9,195 USD pp
Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 20 Luxury Cabins (Twin/Doubles). All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin

$9,745 USD pp
Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 4 Luxury Plus Cabins (Triples) . All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin

$9,195 USD pp
Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 20 Luxury Cabins (Twin/Doubles). All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin

$9,745 USD pp
Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 4 Luxury Plus Cabins (Triples) . All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin

$9,195 USD pp
Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 20 Luxury Cabins (Twin/Doubles). All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin

$9,745 USD pp
Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 4 Luxury Plus Cabins (Triples) . All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin

$9,195 USD pp
Luxury Cabin/Captain Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 20 Luxury Cabins (Twin/Doubles). All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area; queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin

$9,745 USD pp
Luxury Plus Cabin/Admiral Cabin
The yacht’s straightforward cabin configuration is distributed across the Cabin Deck. There are 4 Luxury Plus Cabins (Triples) . All of the beds can be separated or joined according to guests’ needs. Four cabins can be interconnected for friends or families travelling together. Sitting area with foldout couch; queen or twin beds; desk and chair; private bath with shower; safe deposit box

La Pinta

Vessel Type:  Small Ship

Length:  63 metres

Passenger Capacity:  48 (in 24 cabins)

Built / refurbished:  1983 / 2007 / 2020

A sophisticated, upscale experience

La Pinta is a luxury vessel, featuring some of the largest cabins in the Galapagos, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious interiors and an overall design that minimizes the possibility of seasickness. Above all, this Yacht offers you the true definition of luxury in the Archipelago: full, unmitigated access. Small groups – average just 12 guests or fewer per guide- are guaranteed and all the required equipment is ready and set for your convenience: a Glass-bottom boat, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and our large and comfortable pangas. The ideal vessel for exploring the Galapagos in the most comfortable, stylish way. Complete with a Cordon-Bleu gastronomy director, La Pinta will open up the islands for you like no other ship sailing these amazing waters.

Space for Learning and Relaxing 

Join our guides in the lounge for nightly briefings about the next day’s activities. On the following day, visit the National Park on carefully planned excursions. In between outings, it will feel as if your connection with the islands never ends, as panoramic windows in our numerous social areas offer almost permanent visual contact with the island landscapes while you are inside the ship. Or step outside with your camera and make the most of the numerous outdoor social areas, including an outdoor terrace for dining when weather permits and an observation deck that is perfect for equatorial stargazing. Relax in the hot tub, work out in the cardio-gym, or lounge on the sun deck.

Cabin layout for La Pinta

Inclusions


Voyage on board in selected cabin category
Group transfers between airport and ship on embarkation day
Group transfer between ship and airport on disembarkation day
Use of activity equipment on board including kayaks and paddle boards
All landings and shore excursions as per the itinerary
All meals while on board the ship
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (Except super-premium wines)
Experienced expedition team, heritage guides and guest experts
Trip specific inclusions La Pinta;
1 night hotel accommodation in Guayaquil
Return airfare between Guayaquil/Galapagos Islands
Glass bottom boat
Snorkel gear and wetsuits (Complimetary)
Hot tub on board

Exclusions


International and domestic airfares
Travel insurance
Passport and visa costs if applicable
Additional excursions/ land extension programmes
Super premium wines
Port Taxes (See trip specific for amount)
Gratuities (Recommend USD$250 per passenger per week)
Trip specific exclusions;
Paddle boards not available on La Pinta
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